Holiday cheer

Carrie Busey Elementary School in Savoy held a sing-along of Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa and New Year’s songs last Wednesday afternoon.

New housing prompts questions

Unit 7 school district Superintendent Andy Larson said he has been receiving “a lot of calls” about development going on in the Fieldstone subdivision south of Airport Road.

Contest winners recognized

Three students from both Unit 7 elementary schools were honored last week for being among the grand prize winners in a Red Ribbon Week bookmark contest.
Unity East Elementary School kindergartner Adam Wolken was a first-place winner.
Kindergarten through fifth grade winners received brand new bicycles, bookmarks with their entry and a pizza party for their class.

Unity West holds Halloween parade

Unity West Elementary School held a Halloween costume parade on Oct. 31.

MAP scores better than PARCC

The main topic of discussion at last Wednesday’s Unit 7 school board meeting was the district’s latest standardized test scores.

Students learn all about apples

St. Thomas Catholic School kindergartners learned all about apples during a presentation last Thursday.
University of Illinois Extension Educator Jamie Boas gave students a lesson on apples before having them sample five different kinds.
“Any time you eat apples you should wash them before – why?” Boas asked the kids.

Read the full story in the Oct. 6 issue of The County Star.

Unity schools to get surveillance cameras

The Unit 7 school board is looking into buying 12 new outdoor surveillance cameras to replace six cameras at Unity High School and Unity Junior High School.
Unit 7 Technology Coordinator Tim Gateley reported that he had sought bids from three different vendors. The lowest bid was from Barbeck Communications, which also supplies two-way radios to the district.

Carrie Busey students learn about farming during program

Students from Carrie Busey Elementary School last Thursday had a chance to learn a little more about agriculture.

Students and staff members practice evacuation with annual drill

All Unit 7 schools last week partnered with local police and firefighters in an evacuation drill.
On Thursday and Friday mornings, respectively, Unity Junior High School and Unity High School students and staff walked to their designated “rally point” locations. After teachers made sure all students were accounted for, they returned to the school campus, the “reunification point.”

All Unit 7 schools having evacuation drills for students this week

Unit 7 schools are preparing to make sure their students are ready for any emergency.
Unity Junior High School will be conducting an evacuation drill on Sept. 1, and Unity High School will conduct one on Sept. 2.
The schools conducted the same drills last year, in which students and staff walk to their designated “rally points” in Tolono, outside of the disaster zone.

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